- a story or account of events, experiences, or the like, whether true or fictitious.
- a book, literary work, etc., containing such a story.
- the art, technique, or process of narrating, or of telling a story: Somerset Maugham was a master of narrative.
- a story that connects and explains a carefully selected set of supposedly true events, experiences, or the like, intended to support a particular viewpoint or thesis: to rewrite the prevailing narrative about masculinity; the narrative that our public schools are failing.
- consisting of or being a narrative: a narrative poem.
- of or relating to narration, or the telling of a story: My English teacher's narrative skill makes characters seem to come to life.
- Fine Arts. representing stories or events pictorially or sculpturally: narrative painting.Compare anecdotal(def 2).
Origin of narrative
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Examples from the Web for narrative
Traditionally, popular history is almost purely driven by narrative.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
The other narrative is of mobility in the service of ambition.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
She is able to create coattails for down-ballot races and to change the narrative frame of politics.Why the Left Loves Warren, But Won’t Swoon for Sanders
December 19, 2014
“Pakistan has to change the narrative about militancy,” said Kakar .Pakistani School Killers Want to Strike the U.S.
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 17, 2014
And today, when you look at social media, you see that the narrative can be overtaken by people just from Twitter and Instagram.Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History
December 15, 2014
The narrative was broken off short by a cry of jubilee in the court.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
His narrative is adapted alike for the juvenile mind and for the adult.
The rest is narrative, and in it I have only desired to show the reader what it looked like.
Yet the narrative may not be without interest, or material for reflection.
But, leaving the history of my feelings, I must proceed with my narrative.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- an account, report, or story, as of events, experiences, etc
- the narrative the part of a literary work that relates events
- the process or technique of narrating
- telling a storya narrative poem
- of or relating to narrationnarrative art
Word Origin and History for narrative
mid-15c., from Middle French narratif, from Late Latin narrativus "suited to narration," from Latin narrat-, stem of narrare (see narration).
"a tale, story," 1560s, from Middle French narrative and from narrative (adj.).